An East Amherst woman who stole $49,311 worth of lottery tickets was placed on probation for five years on Thursday.

Lynn A. Hudson, 35, of Clarence Center Road, also must seek substance abuse and mental health evaluations and also report to a Town of Amherst specialty treatment court for gambling addicts.

State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges called Hudson’s “issue with gambling” the “catalyst for this criminal act.”

Hudson, who pleaded guilty in August to fourth-degree grand larceny, admitted stealing the scratch-off tickets between November 2011 and last June from Tully’s on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, where she worked as the restaurant’s manager. She had faced a prison sentence of up to four years

The restaurant’s insurance covered about half of the loss and Hudson repaid the balance, said John C. Doscher, head of the Erie County District Attorney’s Special Investigations Bureau, who prosecuted Hudson.

The District Attorney’s Office offered a reduced larceny count because the restaurant recouped the entire amount of its loss, Doscher said.

“I’m just sorry about all of this,” Hudson told Haendiges during the hearing.